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William Plumstead

William Plumstead

Male 1708 - 1765  (56 years)

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  • Name William Plumstead 
    Born 7 Nov 1708  Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 10 Aug 1765  Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I30397  Yatesville History & Genealogy
    Last Modified 31 Oct 2015 

    Family ID F10057  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary McCall,   b. 31 Mar 1725, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Sep 1799, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Married 27 Sep 1753  Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 14 Jan 2022 
    Family ID F10056  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Mary McCall, daughter of George and Anne (Yeates) McCall, was born in Philadelphia, Pa., March 31, 1725. She became, September 27, 1753, the second wife of William Plumsted, eldest son of Clement Plumsted, a native of Norfolk, England, who settled in Philadelphia, by his second wife, Elizabeth Palmer, of our city, born November 7, 1708.

      Mr. Plumsted inherited nearly all his father's property, embracing land in and near Amboy and Gloucester in New Jersey, and in Kent County on Delaware, and Bucks County, Pennsylvania, besides a wharf and stores on the east side of Plum Street in Philadelphia. He continued Mr. Clement Plumsted's business as merchant.

      He was elected a Common-Council-man of Philadelphia, October 2, 1739, and an Alderman, October 6,1747, and filled the office of Mayor from October, 1750, to October, 1751, and again for the unexpired term of Charles Willing, deceased, from December 4, 1754, to October, 1755, and finally (by re-election) from the later date to October, 1756. He was commissioned a Justice of the Peace for Philadelphia City and County, May 25, 1752, November 27, 1757, February 28, 1761, and January 17, 1765; and for Northampton County, November 27, 1757, and November 19, 1764. He represented Northampton County in the General Assembly of the Province in 1757-8, and was appointed on the Committee to audit and examine the accounts of the Commissioners that year. From June 19, 1745, until his death, he held the office of Register-General of Pennsylvania. By Acts of Assembly, passed October 31, 1761, and November 2, 1762, he was empowered to draw on David Barclay, Jr., of London, Agent of the Government of Pennsylvania, for the money allotted to the Province by Parliamentary grant for the years 1758, 1759, and 1760, and direct the appropriation of the same, in case of the death of his associate in this authority, Benjamin Chew.

      He was one of the gentlemen who pledged the payment of the tax on the Proprietary estates, to facilitate the passage of an Act for raising money for the defence of the Province in August, 1755, already spoken of, and in his capacity as Mayor of Philadelphia, November 24, signed an earnest "remonstrance" to the Assembly on behalf of the city, appealing to that body to organize a militia to protect the people against attacks of the Indians. He was a Member of the Association Battery Company of Philadelphia in 1756, and a Commissary-Agent in oar city towards the close of the French and Indian War.

      He was an original Member of the Library Company of Philadelphia, one of the first Contributors to the Pennsylvania Hospital, and a Trustee of the College and Academy of Philadelphia from their foundation until his death. He abandoned the principles of the Society of Friends, in which he had been educated by his father, and adopted the established religion, becoming a Vestryman and Warden of Christ Church, and signing the petition to the Proprietaries for the site on which St. Peter's was erected, being, with his brother-in-law, Samuel McCall, Jr., a Member of the Committee on building the latter edifice. He was an original Member of the noted fishing company, known as "the Colony in Schuylkill," instituted May 1, 1732, and a Subscriber to the First Dancing Assembly of our city, held in 1749. It was in one of his stores, in Water Street, above Pine, according to Watson, that the first English theatrical troupe visited Philadelphia, called Hallam 's Company," opened their theatre. He resided in a house on the east side of Second Street above Chestnut (on the site of the present Nos. 47 and 49), which afterwards became the Prince of Wales Inn.

      Mr. Plumsted died in Philadelphia, August 10, 1765. The following obituary notice of him appears in The Pennsylvania Gazette of that week: '' On Sunday last died here, after a short, but severe, Illness, William Plumsted, Esq., one of the Aldermen of this City and the next Day was buried in St. Peter's Church Burying Ground, in the plainest Manner, at his own Request, according to the new Mode, lately used in Boston and New York, having no Pall over his Coffin, nor none of his Relations or Friends appearing in Mourning. We flatter ourselves, that this frugal and laudable Example of burying our Dead, so seasonably set by People of Family and Fortune, will be imitated by all, both in City and Country; the good Effects of which must soon be felt, especially by those in low Circumstances.'' Mrs. Plumsted also died in Philadelphia, and was buried with her husband, September 13, 1799. They had seven children, born in Philadelphia.

      [Jasper George Yates Extract from the following work [2015 by Ronald E, Yates]:The Descendants of JORAN KYN of New Sweden; By GREGORY B. KEEN; 1913]